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Item 10 - Ordinance O-2020-9 Vacating a portion of right-of-way for Yukon Street, South of West 13th Avenue between blocks 67 and 70, Lakewood, as depicted in Exhibit “A” hereto

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The project is an important and appropriate re-development of a blighted site within the urban renewal area. Housing with direct access to light-rail is aligned with national best practices in transit oriented development and is supported by the local area plan and the West Colfax 2040 Vision Plan.

04/13/2020 10:55 am
Kevin Yoshida
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As a property owner and developer at two stations along the W Line and in the Two Creeks Neighborhood, I agree with the need for this Right of Way vacation. It is common practice for municipalities to vacate rights of way such as this when they serve no viable function other than to serve the properties they are adjacent to. This vacation will allow the developer and the adjacent property owners to build a higher quality street with no cost to the city. Additionally, this right of way is adjacent to the Wadsworth Light Rail Station, an area that should be focused on pedestrian and multi modal transportation, not just cars. Requiring the maintenance of a city standard street would require increased street width and reduce pedestrian activity. Access for the public and the city will be maintained through an easement. Essentially, all this vacation does is allow the developer and adjacent property owners to build a new street that is more conducive to multi modal transportation options which is a goal of the station area plan. Thank you for your time and consideration.

04/13/2020 9:30 am
Scott Watkins
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This is a common sense proposal for a project that will help create jobs, much needed housing, and activate a blighted site. The current entitlements support the intended use so this project fits with the community planning for the area. The ROW vacation is for a little-used section of road. This action is supported by city staff and is not anticipated to have an impact on surrounding areas.

04/13/2020 8:42 am
Stu Wright
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I believe this re-development proposal would be a major benefit to Lakewood. It is time for this area to be re-energized. I support this proposal/ordinance.

04/13/2020 8:02 am
Clay Campbell
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I am a resident of the Two Creeks area since 1974. I have no objection to the vacation on Yukon by the city. I just hope that the developer connects with the neighborhood organizations to discuss their plans for this building.

Kathi Hasfjord

04/13/2020 7:49 am
Katherine Hasfjord
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I come from the standpoint that there should be a compelling benefit to the community when vacating a right of way. The staff memo states that improvements would encroach into the site plan. Many in the community have concerns about the scale of this project to begin with, so this rationale doesn't really make a compelling case for giving up the ROW.

The staff memo states that if the site plan is not approved, the ordinance would be rescinded? I don't understand how this mechanism would work legally, so I have reservations about the city committing to vacate without knowing the viability of the development, especially in this uncertain economy and market. This request might be better judged if the project were more mature and the future a bit more certain. I just don't think the time is right for either.

The memo suggests there will be a cost avoidance to the city. On the other hand, I submit that improving Yukon and keeping it public might provide the opportunity to activate Dry Gulch with green space improvements in the flood plain, benefiting the community. Activity would also discourage the camping and neglect that occurs there now. In an area that needs more open space, especially with the added demand of a large development, we should be looking for more open space opportunities, not giving them up.

I'm not opposed to the concept of developing this site, but we haven't had the benefit of meeting with the developer to learn about the project and convey the community's concerns. This ROW might represent an amenity to the community that deserves to be studied.

04/13/2020 12:18 am
Paul Ditson
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I live in northeast Lakewood and own Red Herring Art & Supply, a retail boutique located on West Colfax in Lamar Station Plaza. I support the project proposed by Aspen Heights Partners, including the request to vacate Yukon Street south of 13th Avenue. Aspen Heights Partners posted a presentation during the March West Colfax Community Association meeting.

The project is within an Urban Renewal Area and is the type of reinvestment that encourages the elimination of blight, homeless encampments, and vacant buildings. As I understand it, no rezoning is needed. This project is a short walk to the W Line, as well as convenient to businesses on West Colfax. I participated in the West Colfax Vision 2040 Plan and this is the type of TOD community envisioned around the light rail stations.

Developments like this one support our local economy in both the short- and long-term. Short-term benefits include jobs during construction. In the long-term, new residents bring new support for our businesses in the West Colfax commercial district. This project gives me hope, knowing it will have a positive economic impact, especially as we are currently planning for economic recovery and growth.

04/12/2020 10:14 pm
Kristen Autobee
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I agree with others stating the communities Eiber and Two Creeks should be briefed on the project prior to approval of ROW or other issues that may arise.

04/12/2020 9:52 pm
Deborah Treseder
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This proposal fits within the North Wadsworth Area Plan that many residents worked on back in 2009. With the vacant buildings that currently sit on this site, the area has become quite run down and is an eye-sore. I've been a resident of Lakewood for almost 30 years and appreciate seeing this level of development come to North Lakewood. Having the City vacate the noted portion of Yukon makes sense to help the proposed development achieve the best use and design.

04/12/2020 8:41 pm
Cindy Baroway
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Yes!!! Please approve this. Let's allow a project to move forward that will help a deeply blighted area of the City, I am fully in favor of this. We need more updated, bright, new housing in an area that still has so so so many dilapidated properties and underutilized spaces. When I think of this stretch of Wadsworth I think of three closed businesses that weren't even that great for the community (McDonalds, Subway and Taco Bell) where now there are three closed, shuttered, abandoned buildings. Let's build some housing in this neighborhood and redevelop the area so that residents can feel proud and businesses will think of coming back. This project is located within an Urban Renewal Area ... we desperately need urban renewal here. Housing density along Light Rail stations makes 100% sense.

04/12/2020 6:13 pm
Liz Black
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As a small business owner at West Colfax and Wadsworth, I support this type of project and understand the ROW vacation is necessary for the project to keep moving forward through the development process. This type of development is exactly what we’ve all hoped would happen to help improve currently vacant lots and would be a positive addition to the community. I agree that dialogue with the local neighborhood organization is crucial and if residents actively use Yukon St they should voice their opinions. It does seem relevant that the only two other properties along this portion of Yukon St support this ROW vacation.

04/12/2020 5:30 pm
Brett Parmelee
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I have been following this project and am in favor of the proposed action. I am managing partner of Seigneur Gustafson LLP, located at 940 Wadsworth Blvd and believe this overall project will be very positive for the Wadsworth corridor and surrounding neighborhoods.

Ron Seigneur
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04/12/2020 3:22 pm
Ronald L Seigneur
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I have to believe that the reason for the vacating of this street would be for the purpose of the proposed development that is on track to be move forward in that location. As a member of the Two Creeks Neighborhood Association and the North Lakewood Neighborhood Association, I know that both we and members of the Eiber Neighborhood Association would be very interested in knowing a bit more about this proposed development - It is in the Eiber district, across from the Two Creeks district, and cornerstones our Wadsworth RTD station!
Times are not good for public gatherings and presentations, but I would insist on some form of on-line or publicly distanced presentation with question and answer capabilities, before I could consider supporting the modification of that location.

Royal Borel

04/11/2020 4:24 pm
Aeonard 'Royal' Borel
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I would be in support of this vacation with the developer reaching out to the neighborhood organizations and including them as part of the process.

04/10/2020 5:28 pm
Charles Davis
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I would be willing to look more favorably on this vacation after Developer presents vision and plans for the projects and dialogues directly with the surrounding neighborhoods. I believe this Yukon St. request is premature.
Along those lines, I am curious about the statement in the Staff Memo regarding this premature issue, "In order to ensure that this ROW is not prematurely vacated, a condition has been added, requiring the related subdivision plat to first be approved." How does this impact the vote on this vacation?
Thank you.
Linda Giannosa

04/10/2020 2:55 pm
Linda Giannosa
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